Old School: Maintaining Heritage Buildings


Up Next: Navigating City Hall

Old School courses teach homeowners and professionals skills and knowledge for the care and maintenance of older buildings. Courses can include topics such as best practices for researching the history of a building, how to manage a heritage project from start to finish, a thorough introduction to heritage conservation, and wood windows repair and maintenance.

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Navigating City Hall
Tuesday, October 25th, 5pm-9:30pm
Vancouver City Hall, 453 W 12th Ave, Town Hall Room
Register here: $60 (+tax)
This workshop will explore how to take a heritage project from renovations to a heritage revitalization agreement project through to the planning process at City Hall. The course will be led by Senior Heritage Planner, Marco D’Agostini, and Architect, James Burton, Birmingham and Wood. A light dinner will be served at 5pm and the course will begin by 5:30pm.
This course earns 4.5 Core LU’s AIBC

Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Delamont Park
Saturday, October 29th, 1pm – 3pm
Register here: $30 (+tax)
Join Civic Historian, John Atkin, on a walking tour and zoning history of a intriguing bit of Vancouver sandwiched between Broadway and West 4th Avenue, centered on Arbutus Street. The Delamont park area has survived the threat of expropriation and freeways so that today the area maintains an interesting mix of heritage homes, apartments and a growing number of condominiums along with one of the city’s newest, and award winning, Neighbourhood houses.
This course earns 2 Non-Core LU’s AIBC

Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives
Tuesday, November 15th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Vancouver Archives, 1150 Chestnut St.
Register here: $20 (+tax)
This workshop begins with an introduction by Historian and Author, John Atkin, using a Strathcona heritage home as a case study to illustrate the steps to researching a home to understand it’s past, and inform restoration and repairs. This is followed by an introduction to the Archives’ actual resources with an Archivist, using examples of research materials from attendees’ submitted research addresses.
This course earns 2 Core LU’s AIBC

Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library
Tuesday, November 22nd, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Vancouver Public Library, 350 W Georgia Street, 7th floor (Special Collections)
Free: Registration required
Learn about the historic maps, images, directories and abundant online reference materials available in Special Collections at the Downtown Branch of the VPL.
This course earns 2 Core LU’s AIBC


Also coming in Fall 2016, Masonry Maintenance with Architect and Engineer Barry McGinn.

All workshops qualify for Professional Development Credits: most qualify for Core Learning Units.  1 Credit is assigned for each hour of instructor time.  Our courses are recognized by AIBC, PIBC, BCAAIC, BCSLA, IDIBC and BOABC. Shorter courses like Researching qualify for 2 Core LUs.  All Professional Development Credits except AIBC are self reporting - talk to your professional body to inquire how to register your attendance.

Earn a Certificate in Heritage Conservation by taking 18 units worth of courses. Download more information about requirements for the Certificate here.

Old School Courses for Building Conservation won a 2009 City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Merit.  Sign up and see why!


Oct 15th - Drafting a Statement of Significance

Apr 24 - Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: South Shaughnessy

Mar 5 - Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation

Mar 1  - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

Feb 23 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives


Nov 25 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

Nov 19 - Drafting a Conservation Plan

Nov 14 - Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Mt. Pleasant

Nov 3 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

May 9 - Wood Window Restoration and Repair

April 25 - Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation

March 28 - Heritage Projects: From Idea to Completion

March 18 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

March 11 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

2014 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS (click to view)

November 19 - Knob & Tube Electrical

October 11- Kerrisdale Walk: How Zoning Shaped this Neighbourhood

October 8 - Researching the History of a Building: City of Vancouver Archives

October 1 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

May 21 - Wood Windows & Storefronts Walk: Chinatown and Strathcona

April 9 - Interior Wood Paint Stripping

April 8 - Researching at the Archives

April 5 - Neighbourhood Zoning & History Walk - Strathcona

April 2 - Energy Retrofits for Older Buildings

April 1 - Researching at the Library

February 26 - & March 5 - Heritage 101: Introduction to Heritage Conservation

February 27 - Historic Paint Schemes


John Atkin (Author, Historian), Al Diamond (Allan Diamond Architects), David Dunnison, Jeannette Hlavach (Planner), Lynda Jane (Old School Graduate, heritage homeowner), Margot Keate-West (Heritage Consultant and Designer), Judy Oberlander (Heritage Consultant), John Quinton (Contractor), and Rebecca Bishop, Programming Manager, VHF.